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Consider PreMBA Status

Want to start the MBA-PM Program but don't have time to take the GMAT or GRE before the admission deadline? Or, do you want to try out the program before formally applying? You can apply as PreMBA status.

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Formal Admission

Admissions decisions are based on an assessment of:

  1. Professional post-baccalaureate work experience (a minimum of 18 months)
  2. Entrance exam results (More exam details)
  3. Past and present academic performance (submission of all official transcripts)
  4. Completed University of Iowa MBA-PM application and essay

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round for admission in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, we recommend you submit all materials by the following deadlines:

  • The early deadline allows you to request registration for classes on the first date of registration for admitted students.

    Spring 2015
    Summer 2015
    Fall 2015
    October 1, 2014
    March 1, 2015
    May 1, 2015

  • The general deadline ensures an admission decision is made in time to prepare for and begin classes for the upcoming semester, pending class availability.

    Spring 2015
    Summer 2015
    Fall 2015
    December 30, 2014
    April 30, 2015
    July 30, 2015

  • Applications submitted after the general deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Please allow two weeks for processing and review after ALL documents are received. You will be notified via email, mail, and/or phone once an admission decision is made.

If you have any questions about applying for admission, contact us via email at or by phone at 800-MBA-IOWA (800-622-4692).

Course Registration

You will receive more information about how to register once you are admitted to the program or approved for PreMBA status.

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I want to begin classes next semester but don't have enough time to complete the formal application process. You may want to consider beginning as a PreMBA student.

If it is past the general deadline, is it too late for me to apply? The general deadline is set based on the amount of time required for proper admissions and enrollment processing needed for you to begin class. Therefore, applications submitted after the general deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Do I need to send all the application materials in together? No, you can send the materials in as you complete them. However, an application will not be reviewed until ALL materials are received.

How long should my essay be? Your essay should be about half a page. There is no need to be lengthy; a direct, concise statement is equally effective.

When should I take the entrance exam? The entrance exam must be taken prior to an admission decision being made. Keep in mind it takes about three weeks for the score to be submitted to our program.